Cooling Summer Soups

Cantaloupe Soup with Blueberries (serves 6-8)A wonderful appetizer; dessert; or snack.
1 ripe peach
1 cantaloupe
cup unfiltered organic apple juice
2 t. fresh lemon juice
t. vanilla extract
2 T. fresh mint leaves, chopped
pint blueberries for garnish

  1. Peel and chop the peach; cut the cantaloups into small chunks. Place the fruit in a medium saucepan, and add the apple juice. Cook over medium heat until the fruit is soft, 7-8 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice and vanilla.
  2. Puree the soup in a blender or a food processor. Transfer to a bowl and fold in the chopped mint leaves. Chill for 2 hours. Garnish with blueberries and serve.

Source: Annemarie Colbin, The Natural Gourmet

Peach Soup (serves 6)
3 pounds ripe peaches, peeled
cup mild honey
3 T. fresh lemon or lime juice
5 cups buttermilk
1 cup orange juice
3 T. peach brandy or Marsala
t. ground cinnamon
t. freshly grated nutmeg
t. ground ginger
t. ground cardamom
t. vanilla
Garnish: cup slivered almonds

  1. Set aside 6 of the peaches. Remove the pits from the remaining fruit and puree in a blender or food processor, along with the honey and lemon or lime juice.
  2. Place the puree in a large bowl and stir in the buttermilk, orange jice, brandy or Marsala, spices, and vanilla.
  3. Slice the reserved peaches and add to the soup.
  4. Serve immediately or cover and chill 30 minutes in the freezer.
  5. Garnish each bowl with slivered almonds.

Note: Peel peaches like tomatoes, but submerging in boiling water for ten seconds, then running under cold water. Skins should come off easily.
Source: Martha Rose Shulman

Watermelon Soup
watermelon, ~8 lbs, no rind
1 mango
1 cup sparkling grape juice
cucumber, peeled Piece fresh ginger
Mint leaves for garnish

Cube fruits and add all ingredients to a blender. Increase speed from low to high, gradually, and blend for about 40 seconds. Turn off machine and chill in refrigerator. Serve with fresh mint leaves if desired.
Source: Vita-mix.

Gazpacho Soup (serves 4)
6 tomatoes, fresh from the vine
cup extra virgin olive oil

Cayenne to taste
Freshly ground pepper and salt to taste
2 cucumbers, seeded and chopped
2 avocados, cubed
Fresh cilantro or parsley and mint leaves, chopped fine, to taste.

4 T. fresh lime juice

Blend tomatoes, oil, and spices. Stir in cucumbers, avocados, and chopped greens. Whirl in lime juice just before serving.

Quick, Creamy Garden Tomato Soup
1 quart vine-ripened tomatoes
Freshly ground pepper and Celtic sea salt
1 cup pine nuts
1 bunch of dill, chopped

Blend tomatoes, salt and pepper.
Add pine nuts and dill. Pulse and serve.
Source: Gabriel Cousens, M.D.

Watercress Soup (serves 4)
1 onion, peeled and chopped
1 T. butter
1 pounds potatoes, peeled and diced
1 quart vegetable stock
1 bunch watercress, stems separated from leafy tops

1. Saute the onion in the butter in a large saucepan, covered, for 5 minutes, without browning.
2. Add the potatoes and watercress stems (if using), cover again and cook gently for 5-10 minutes more. Stir occasionally and do not allow the vegetables to brown.
3. Stir in the stock or water, cover the pan and leave the soup to simmer for about 20 minutes, until the potatoes are tender.
4. Reserve 4 small watercress sprigs for garnishing, then puree the soup in a blender or food processor with the rest of the watercress. Season to taste with salt and pepper, reheat without boiling and serve in warmed bowls, each topped with a swirl of cream and a watercress sprig. Also delicious served chilled.
Source: Rose Elliot